Asking Over Telling: Build Great Agile Teams

More asking, less telling. As an agile leader, you can adopt the approach of humble enquiry to build relationships, increase trust and collaboration, and deal with the challenges of organizational transformations for your Scrum team.

“Humble enquiry is the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.” – Edgar H. Schein

Working in an agile way asks us to rethink how we relate to each other as we tackle complex problems and challenge the traditional structures of our organizations. Humble enquiry – the art of asking instead of telling – is a critical skill for agilists who seek to improve collaboration and address difficult problems head on. Inspired by Edgar H. Schein’s book ‘Humble Enquiry, this presentation will teach you the fundamentals of how to do more asking and less telling. You will learn to discuss the different types of questioning, consider the forces around and within us that inhibit our ability to ask instead of tell, and examine how this powerful technique can improve collaboration within agile teams as well as help to address some of the challenges of agile transformations.

Video producer: http://agileindia.org

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